Will the upcoming iOS 16 let us bypass CAPTCHA verifications?

Shaun M Jooste


We’re sure many of you are familiar with the annoying CAPTCHAs that appear to verify that it’s really you and not a bot trying to get into a website. A new iOS 16 feature will apparently verify your profile in the background with private access tokens and your Apple ID. You won’t need to look for fire hydrants, boats, or buses anymore.

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In an announcement and video on the Apple developer’s blog, CAPTCHAs cause as many issues for the company as for the user. There’s IP tracking involved, which creates several security issues for iOS devices. The most significant issue is with the user experience, causing many of us to become frustrated visiting sites we enjoy.

Will the upcoming iOS 16 let us bypass CAPTCHA verifications?

The new iOS 16 feature will be able to bypass CAPTCHAs by verifying users with private access tokens and the Apple ID. With the new operating system expected to launch in September 2022, you won’t be able to test the new function just yet. However, it will be great if they manage to succeed in getting rid of this irritating verification process that sometimes doesn’t work.

Of course, we need to consider the impact on other parties with this new iOS 16 feature. How quickly will website owners or CAPTCHA developers accept this new verification system? Also, should we expect hackers to find new ways to bypass the private access tokens so they can steal Apple ID information? Still, this is almost as exciting as iPhones receiving a free Photoshop-like upgrade.

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